Long-term effects of nonpeptide vasopressin V2 antagonist OPC-31260 in heart failure in the rat

Louise M. Burrell, Paddy A. Phillips, John Risvanis, Robert K. Chan, Kathryn L. Aldred, Colin I. Johnston

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The hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) contributes to water retention and vasoconstriction in congestive heart failure (CHF) through effects at the V2 and V(1a) receptors, respectively. The effect of long-term V2 receptor (V2R) blockade using OPC-31260 was assessed in a rat model of postinfarction-induced CHF. Rats underwent coronary artery ligation or sham operation and were treated for 6 mo with oral OPC-31260 (10 mg·kg-1·day- 1) or vehicle. CHF was characterized by left ventricular remodeling and impaired systolic function, increased cardiac and lung weight, and elevated plasma atrial natriuretic peptide; plasma AVP and plasma renin activity were not increased. Chronic V2R blockade increased urine volume (P < 0.01) and decreased urine osmolality (P < 0.01) but had no natriuretic effects. V2R blockade did not activate the renin-angiotensin system but increased plasma AVP in CHF (P < 0.01). V2R blockade did not influence cardiac remodeling, cardiac function, or survival. These results suggest that AVP plays a major role in water retention through the renal V2R in a rat model of CHF. V2R blockade using OPC-31260 may represent an alternative to standard diuretic therapy in the management of water retention that characterizes heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H176-H182
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number1 44-1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Echocardiography
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Receptors
  • Survival


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